by Siobhan Vivian
Push (Scholastic Inc)
Suggested Ages: I would say 13+ due to sexual content (Just a suggestion - it's up to each individual reader)
Description: Natalie Sterling wants to be in control. She wants her friends to be loyal. She wants her classmates to elect her student council president. She wants to find the right guy, not the usual jerk her school has to offer. She wants a good reputation, because she believes that will lead to good things. But life is messy, and it's very hard to be in control of it. Not when there are freshman girls running around in a pack, trying to get senior guys to sleep with them. Not when your friends have secrets they're no longer comfortable sharing. Not when the boy you once dismissed ends up being the boy you wants to sleep with yourself - but only in secret, with nobody ever finding out. Slut or saint? Winner or loser? Natalie is getting tired of these forced choices - and is now going to find a way to live life in the sometimes messy, sometimes wonderful in-between.
The Good Stuff
- Very realistic and true to life, so I think teens will really gravitate towards it, especially teens that are a little mature for their age like Natalie
- Author understands the whole high school experience and the drama involved
- Lots of thinly veiled moral situations that could start some great discussions about sexuality
- Made me really think about sexuality and teens and having the power to portray your sexuality without being judged for it
- Nice character development of ALL of the main characters, especially for Natalie
- Adults are also portrayed a little more realistically (less of the stereotypical adults are morons theme in many YA Books -- but again I am a Mom so I'm sensitive about that)
- It was nice reading the book and remembering the fire that burned through us when we were that young
- Great first chapter, gets you interested right away
- I found Natalie really self involved and irritating a lot of the time (But lets remember I am a 40 yr old women) and she really was a crappy friend at times
- Irritated that school would think of suspending Spenser for her sexuality but not the guy
"Probably because I was one of a rare few at Ross Academy to see guys like Mike for who they really were -- power drunk meatheads who'd do anything to get a laugh. High School was the best Mike Domski's life would ever get."
"Part of me thought Spencer was a smart girl. And the other part of me thought she was a fourteen-year-old Rosstitute who knew even less than I did."
"Time had taught her. And now she was teaching me."
What I Learned
- If you are a staight A student than you think too much -- no never mind I learned that from Billy Joel
- High school sucks (again never mind - I lived through high school already and it does suck)
- Teens will love it, because they will totally understand the actions and feelings of the characters
- Not really for adults unless they are like me and never really completely grew up (and still remember what it was like to be that age)
- There is some sexual content so probably not suited for the less mature YA reader. It is tastefully done though
I received this from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review